Earlier this week Marvel teased a literally tiny version teaser, which teased the long awaited full trailer for Ant-Man. No cheap gimmicks tonight. The full trailer, which premiered during the pilot episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter, is available now. It is, well, it’s not nearly as exciting as Marvel’s other cinematic entries. But maybe that’s just me, watch the trailer below and judge for yourself.
Paul Rudd plays Scott Lang, a thief who teams up with genius Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) to attempt to hide Pym’s incredible technology which can shrink him to the size of an ant. The film co-stars Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Peña and Judy Greer.
Fans have been rather indifferent about a character who’s main power is to decrease in size and communicate with Ants. While the character has a long and storied success in comics and subsequent cartoon appearances, it’s hard not to baulk at such a silly and un-cool list of powers. Coming off Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured a gun toting talking raccoon and humanoid tree, that’s saying something.
When Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim, Shaun of the Dead) was attached to direct Ant-Man some years back, fans had been excited and put away their doubts, because, well, Edgar Wright is awesome. He, however, was forced off the project due to creative differences, leaving director Peyton Reed to pick up the pieces. Ever since the departure of Wright, this movie has had a bad cloud surrounding it. Still, Marvel/Disney has a proven track record. In Marvel Studios We Trust, right?
Having just watched the trailer a few times, I dunno what to make of this one. I love the cast but this doesn’t feel like Marvel to me. Feels a little “off”. I mean, Marvel has earned the benefit of the doubt from me at this point, but this is a weird thing to make, especially without Edgar Wright’s humor driving it. I do like the concept though of a crook on a path of redemption. That’s endearing. I think the problem is, Marvel has had a string of group focused movies with outrageous and over the top situations at stake, as well as a numbers sequels with already established characters; all of which very much share the same universe. Ant-Man looks like it should have been a Phase One movie, it feels out of place with everything thus far. But maybe that’s the point, maybe it’s to serve as a pallet cleanser for the load of movies in Phase 3?
So – what did you think of the trailer?